Things You Should Know About International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women’s Day celebrated all over the world. It started with the socialist movements about a century ago today. Today its appearance has changed a lot. Women’s Day is celebrated differently in every part of the world. You must have heard about International Women’s Day from the media or heard your friends talking about it. But why is this International Women’s Day celebrated? Is this a celebration or a new way of protesting? And is International Men’s Day celebrated in the same way? For more than a century now, people around the world have been celebrating March 8 as a special day for women. We tell you why.
When did it start?
International Women’s Day originally originated from a labor movement, which was later recognized as an annual event by the United Nations. The celebration of International Women’s Day began 113 years ago today, in 1908, when about 15,000 women took to the streets in New York City, USA.
These women were protesting for
1) shorter working hours
2) better pay
3) right to vote.
One year after the women’s protest, the Socialist Party of America announced the first National Women’s Day. The idea to celebrate Women’s Day internationally came from Clara Zetkin, a woman. Clara Zetkin proposed World Women’s Day in 1910.
Clara was attending the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, the capital of the European country Denmark at the time. The conference was attended by 100 women from 17 countries. All of these women unanimously approved of Clara’s proposal.
The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Its centenary was celebrated in the year 2011. Therefore, technically this year we are celebrating the 110th International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day was formally recognized in 1975, when the United Nations began celebrating it. International Women’s Day was first celebrated under one theme in 1996. That year, the United Nations set the theme – ‘Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future’.
When is International Women’s Day Celebrated ?
International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8.
However, when American women’s rights activist Clara Zetkin proposed celebrating International Women’s Day, she did not have a single date in mind. And it was also formally dressed in the year 1917 when women in Russia went on strike for four days demanding ‘bread and peace’. After this, Tsar Nicholas, the emperor of Russia, had to resign. The interim government in Russia then gave women the right to vote.
When the strike took place in Russia, the Julian calendar ran there. According to which the date was February 23. However, in the Gregorian calendar prevalent in the rest of the world, that date was March 8. That is why International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8 ever since. While the political branches of this event are meant to organize protests and strikes all over the world. With the help of this, people are warned about the inequality between men and women in the world even today. What a difference.
Is there an International Men’s Day?
Yes. There is also International Men’s Day, which is celebrated on November 19. But its organization dates back to the 1990s and has not yet received UN recognition. However, people from more than 60 countries around the world celebrate International Men’s Day, including the United Kingdom. The purpose of celebrating this day is to focus on the health of men and boys, to improve sexual relations, to promote gender equality, and to promote men who play a positive role in society. The theme for International Men’s Day 2019 was – making a difference in the lives of men and boys.
How is International Women’s Day celebrated all over the world?
In many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. This includes Russia, where flower sales more than double in three to four days around March 8. Many women in China are granted a half-day leave on March 8, as advised by the State Council of China. However, many companies often do not give these half-day government leave to their female employees. In Italy, International Women’s Day is celebrated as La Festa Della Donna. Women are given mimosa flowers. It is not clear how this tradition started. However, it is believed that after World War II, the practice of giving mimosa flowers to women on International Women’s Day began in Rome, the capital of Italy. In the United States, March is known as the month of women’s history. Every year on this day, the President issues an order praising the achievements of American women
What is the theme of Women’s Day 2021?
International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021. Theme: ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’ Instagram has announced that it will be rolling out new stickers illustrated by diverse women around the world. As mentioned by the company, “stickers stand in solidarity with front line workers who assumed so much responsibility through the pandemic, with mothers, those among the limb disability community, with elderly Asian women who faced racism, and all the communities of support that have sparked joy in the lives of women all over the world.”
What is the color of International Women’s Day 2021?
Purple color has been chosen to be the official color of International Women’s Day, as a color representing women globally. It is secured in the official logo of the IWD(International Women’s Day 2021). The combination of the purple, green, and white colors symbolizes women’s equality and is widely used as a primary palette for all related designs.
International Women’s Day Quotes 2021“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. …
“Women hold up half the sky.”
“Women are the real architects of society.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”